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Chelmsford is a modern, vibrant city and a home from home for many of our students

Study in a modern, vibrant city

Chelmsford is a small, picturesque city located in Essex, on the outskirts of London. As a small city, its size means it’s not too overwhelming, and a good size to allow you to easily access everything it has to offer.  But it is big enough still for you to explore and there’s plenty of interesting places and attractions for you to discover.

The city has a rich history – it was one of the first Roman settlements in Britain and the birthplace of radio.

Chelmsford campus experience

Chelmsford is a more modern campus than our Cambridge one with our new School of Medicine, which is training a whole new generation of doctors. Featuring high-quality study facilities – lecture theatres of course, but also mock hospital wards, an Anatomy suite- where students can explore the structure and function of the human body in a more hands on method, and our medical science multi-functional SuperLabs. Students get to use the latest scientific kits and prepare themselves for a career working in science.


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Why study in Chelmsford?

Explore the greenery

The abundance of green spaces in Chelmsford continues throughout the city, with Central Park just a 15-minute walk from the Campus – It’s a perfect spot for enjoying some lunch or meeting up with friends. The park leads through to Admirals park, which has free to use tennis courts and football pitches.

New city

Chelmsford was awarded its city status in 2012 so has everything that is expected of a 21st Century city, set within a modern environment full of charm and character. Just a 35 minute train ride away from London, Chelmsford is a lively, vibrant city in the historical county of Essex.

Explore the city

Chelmsford is known as a “big, little city”, the majority of things you will need are within walking distance. Its size means it’s easy to explore everything by foot or bike, and each attraction is nearby to the next. The E-scooter scheme has been set up by Essex county council. This scheme allows you to rent electric scooters for only 20p a minute and use them to get around the city.

Chelmsford campus

The Chelmsford campus is home to one of the largest business schools in the East of England, based in the award-winning Lord Ashcroft Building. It is also home to Arise Chelmsford, an innovation centre to support businesses that are just starting out. it brings together academics, researchers, entrepreneurs and students. Another great thing about our business school is the Bloombergs Financial Markets Labs. Where students are able to run simulations for real life financial market data. Experiment and build your confidence in a platform used by financial professionals in the real world.

Campus facilities

What’s on in Chelmsford?


Chelmsford has a bustling nightlife with a number of bars, pubs and clubs to check out. The majority of these are just a short walk from the campus, so they’re easily accessible and a great place to make new friends. The city also hosts an impressive range of events across the year, including Fling music festival, the Chelmsford Beer and Cider festival and Essex’s very own Okotberfest.

Eating out

Chelmsford has all kinds of delicious restaurants for you to enjoy. If you’re a fan of trying independent eateries, you can check out some great places like Olios Italian or tonnes of other interesting restaurants serving a variety of cuisines. There’s also the fan favourites like Wagamamas, Five Guys and Nandos, so no matter what your tastes Chelmsford has you covered.


Chelmsford has one of the oldest canoe clubs in the country. Established in 1946 it has around 400 members and again the team runs introductory courses in the spring and summer for newcomers to give it a try. On weekends, Chelmsford Park Run sees hundreds of locals of all different abilities running every Saturday morning at Central Park. If you’re not familiar with Park Runs, this is a free to join, 5km run that takes place in parks across the UK.

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